Android Wear, Google’s biggest venture into the wearable market, may become even more smartphone friendly as it considers support for other mobile OS, especially iOS and Windows.
Android Wear is hailed for its ability to unify Android based wearables to pretty much any smartphone running on Android. As a consumer, it pretty much opens up the market of smartwatches to your whim, which means if you love the design of that Moto 360, you will have no problem in pairing it up with your LG G3. The wearable OS is also a boon to Android wearable app developers as they have a unified platform for them to work on their apps, without the hassle of compatibility issues.
One of the men behind the success of Android Wear, product manager Jeff Chang, is envisioning the further tearing down of walls between smartphone-wearable compatibility by suggesting compatibility with iOS and Windows based smartphones. It will be a significant achievement indeed for Android as a whole but of course there are going to be challenges. Technical issues are the primary concern as Android Wear is designed to run exclusively with Android devices. And now to address the elephant in the room; Apple has been resisting Google/Android influences on their iOS for…well forever really. This will of course get significantly harder as Apple is planning to release its very own wearable next year. Microsoft however has been a bit more open to Android partnerships and it seems more likely to see an Android Wear device working seamlessly with a Windows phone.
Despite how far fetched it sounds, Chang and his team claim that “We always want as many users as possible to enjoy our experience”, a statement in line with Google’s current trend of reaching out towards users currently out of the predefined Google ecosystem. And with cross-platform support, Android Wear might be the first embodiment of that vision.